The African Academic Network on Internet Policy (AANOIP) is a network for interdisciplinary scholarly engagement and discussion on the State of the Internet, related policies and regulatory regime in Africa. As part of its mandate, the African Academic Network on Internet Policy carries out research and aims to bring together research from scholars working on the various themes to bring into focus and foster discourse on key issues as it relates to enabling the African digital economy.

It works to create a critical mass of pan-African academic scholars and policy practitioners who will contribute to shaping the digital economy in Africa. The following are key objectives of the network:

  1. Grow African academic contributions to inform digital economy policy in region
  2. Drive inspired and transformative intellectual research and discourse that is objective, independent and politically neutral.
  3. Specifically initiate, support and publish multidisciplinary evidence based research on the Digital economy across multiple platforms
  4. Pave the way for a favorable environment for online players and sustain a free and open internet.
  5. Inform and influence public sector across Africa on existing and emerging digital policy issues to support the growth of a sustainable Digital Economy in Africa.
  6. Specifically provide evidence based actionable insights to policymakers and KoFs

Data Privacy, Security and Governance

Intellectual Property: Copyright & Intermediaries

Economic Impact of Internet Shutdowns

CyberSecurity, Threats and Internet Safety

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    Thematic Focus


    The digital age has brought to the fore the impact of information and communication technologies (ICTs) on the promotion and protection of human rights, especially the three information related rights of freedom of expression, access to information and privacy. AANOIP carries out research in this thematic focus area.


    Intellectual Property: Copyright, Intermediaries and Fair Use in the Digital Age is a critical area of discourse within the network clusters of AANOIP. Internet intermediaries occupy a central role in the dissemination of ideas.


    Despite the Internet being an unparalleled force in human advancement and freedom, the Internet can also be a tool for oppression, chaos, propaganda, and suffering. At the network, we measure the measurement of Economic Impact of Internet Shutdowns across all spectrum in Africa.


    As more economic and social activities move online, the importance of Cyber-security cannot be overemphasized. The rising invasion of privacy and security threats to IoT devices and digital assets has d assets. gives cause for concern in academic investigation.

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